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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

August 21, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 84 • Number 12

E. Eighth St. tenants are suing Croman over ‘harassment’ BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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n ivy-covered building on E. Eighth St. is the latest site of legal clashes between East Village tenants and landlord Steven Croman. Two new lawsuits allege that Croman uses building repairs and renovations as a

means of inducing rent-regulated tenants to vacate 309 E. Eighth St. A Croman representative “categorically denied” that charge, as well as other accusations of building neglect and the harassment of tenants. The parties will meet in CROMAN, continued on p. 4

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC

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rguments were heard in court in Lower Manhattan on Fri., Aug. 15, in the ongoing battle over The Cooper Union charging incoming students tuition. Members and supporters of the Committee to Save Cooper Union

also held a rally outside the courthouse at 1 p.m. State Senator Brad Hoylman, whose 27th District includes the 155-year-old elite school, spoke at the rally and thanked the students for their activism. Many of the protesters held placards with COOPER, continued on p. 6

PHOTO BY ZACH WILLIAMS

Cooper Union tuition fight continues in court Carlos Pastrana looking at Chico’s mural of Robin Williams on E. 13th St.

Chico’s Robin Williams wall draws admiration, and tears BY ZACH WILLIAMS AND LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ntonio “Chico” Garcia, the legendary Lower East Side graffiti artist, was quick to put up a sidewalk mural for Robin Williams after the great comedic actor’s death on Mon., Aug. 11. Garcia started the piece the day after Williams died, and did the finishing touches on the roughly 100-square foot portrait on Aug. 14. The

mural — adorning a wall outside B Cup cafe, near the corner of E. 13th St. and Avenue B — has stirred up affection, as well as tears, among passersby and cafe clientele. “The reason I did it, I grew up with his character,” Garcia told The Villager in a phone interview this Tuesday evening. “He made thousands of people laugh. I thought he was one of the funniest characters I ever saw on TV. I just thought that — from the Lower East

Side — he was a great star that we lost.” Also, Williams made films with Latin stars, like J. Lo, Garcia noted. And yet, in such a cruel irony, despite so much joyous laughter that he inspired in audiences, Williams himself was racked by crippling depression. “For a guy to make the world laugh and he’s sad — it’s incredible. People WILLIAMS, continued on p. 27

Ferguson protest outside Police H.Q.............page 3 Will Meadows enter the field?.......................page 11 Neighbor feeling farmhouse betrayal..........page 12 Dream Up Fest is a dream...........page 15

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THE VILLAGER, AUGUST 21, 2014  

THE VILLAGER, AUGUST 21, 2014

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